An increasing number of Edmontonians are falling prey to heartbreak scams on the Internet and are losing their hearts and wallets to romance fraud. RCMP say that 748 people across Canada lost more than $17 million to online dating scams in 2016, up from $16.7 million in 2015.
Edmonton Police Services investigated two high-profile cases in the past year where one victim lost more than $50,000 and the second more than $90,000. Linda Herczeg, a detective with EPS, said, “We find the offenders are typically bullies, they’re narcissistic, they’ve got borderline personalities, or they’re sociopaths.”
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Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.